C Med's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Chelle
Beneficiary's Name: Joe
VJ Member: C Med
Country: Ireland

Last Updated: 2015-08-12
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Immigration Checklist for Chelle & Joe:

USCIS I-129F Petition:      
Dept of State K1 Visa:    
USCIS I-485 Petition:  
USCIS I-765 Petition:      
USCIS I-131 Petition:      
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

K1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : Vermont Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Ireland
I-129F Sent : 2011-01-20
I-129F NOA1 : 2011-01-25
I-129F RFE(s) :
RFE Reply(s) :
I-129F NOA2 : 2011-05-25
NVC Received : 2011-06-01
Date Case #, IIN, and BIN assigned :
NVC Left : 2011-06-02
Consulate Received : 2011-06-13
Packet 3 Received : 2011-06-21
Packet 3 Sent : 2011-06-23
Packet 4 Received : 2011-07-22
Interview Date : 2011-08-15
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-08-23
US Entry : 2011-08-24
Marriage : 2011-10-07
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-129f was approved in 120 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 202 days from your I-129F NOA1 date.

Adjustment of Status
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2011-12-03
NOA Date : 2011-12-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. : 2012-01-04
AOS Transfer** : 2012-01-03
Interview Date :
Approval / Denial Date : 2012-08-18
Approved : Yes
Got I551 Stamp :
Greencard Received: 2012-08-24
Comments :

Employment Authorization Document
Event Date
CIS Office : Chicago National Office
Filing Method : Mail
Filing Instance : First
Date Filed : 2011-12-03
NOA Date : 2011-12-08
RFE(s) :
Bio. Appt. :
Approved Date :
Date Card Received : 2011-02-11
Comments :
Estimates/Stats :
Based on timeline data, your EAD may be adjudicated between April 26, 2012 and May 2, 2012*.

If this date range has passed or your application is past due per USCIS processing times then you should consider calling the USCIS to inquire on your petition. If you have been approved please update your timeline.

Lifting Conditions
Event Date
CIS Office :
Date Filed : 2014-08-04
NOA Date :
RFE(s) : 2015-03-09
Bio. Appt. :
Interview Date : 2015-08-13
Approval / Denial Date :
Approved :
Got I551 Stamp :
Green Card Received :
Comments :

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Dublin, Ireland
Review Topic: K1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : August 23, 2011
Embassy Review : I attended my fiance's interview at the US embassy for his K1 visa and I was pleasantly surprised by our experience. We had a 1:00 appointment, but 1:00 appears to be the standard time for all visa applicants. I've seen in previous reviews that people are generally turned away if they arrive too early, but we didn't check in at the window upon arrival. Instead, we stood in line behind a few other people who were waiting to enter.

At 1:00, we were permitted to enter the security booth of the consulate. This procedure is very similar to going through airport security. All liquids and electronics were confiscated and held in a locker for us. We were then directed up the ramp into the embassy.

A security officer buzzed us in and asked us why were there. Once we told him which visa we were applying for, he gave us a number and asked us to have a seat. We were first called by an Irish woman who collected the payment only. We were then asked to have a seat. Next, we were called up and my fiance was asked for each of his documents one at a time. It was easy enough. She asked for his birth certificate, he gave it to her. She asked for his police certificate, he gave it to her, etc. We were then asked to have a seat.

We were next called by the Consular Officer, who immediately put us at ease by making a light-hearted joke. The officer told me that he would be asking my fiance questions and even though I would know the answers, I couldn't respond. I nodded with a smile and the CO asked just a few simple questions:

1. Where are you living in Ireland?
2. How did you meet your fiance?
3. When did you meet your fiance?
4. When did you propose?
5. What took you so long to file for the K-1? (He asked this because my fiance proposed in 2007.)
6. Where are you going to be living in the US?
7. When's the wedding?

That was it. 7 simple questions. He never asked my fiance about an arrest that he had last year (which was a mistake..he was arrested mistakenly) and the CO never asked about my fiance's denial for a B2 visa that he had applied for in 2010. The interview lasted literally 5 minutes. I know that the interview was much quicker because I attended with him. The officer was so nice, and really made us feel at ease by making jokes throughout the interview.

One thing you should know that I was unaware of. You will not be told by the Consular Officer that your visa was, or was not, approved. The CO will tell you when the interview is complete, and you will then receive your passport in the mail within a week or so. If you are approved, your passport will have the visa inside of it. You will also receive a packet inside of the self addressed stamped envelope that the embassy sends back to you. Do not open this packet! It will be opened by the immigration officer at the point of entry.

In short, if you have nothing to hide, and you double and triple check that you have all the documents that you need, then you have nothing to worry about. The only way that the process will NOT go smoothly, is if you aren't properly prepared. We entered the embassy at 1:00. There were two people ahead of us in line, and we were out by 3:30. Thanks to the great people at the US embassy in Dublin.
Rating : Very Good

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*Notice about estimates: The estimates are based off averages of other members recent experiences
(documented in their timelines) for the same benefit/petition/application at the same filing location.
Individual results may vary as every case is not always 'average'. Past performance does not necessarily
predict future results. The 'as early as date' may change over time based on current reported processing
times from members. There have historically been cases where a benefit/petition/application processing
briefly slows down or stops and this can not be predicted. Use these dates as reference only and do not
rely on them for planning. As always you should check the USCIS processing times to see if your application
is past due.

** Not all cases are transfered

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